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About AETC

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Air Education and Training Command, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, was established and activated in January 1942, making it the second oldest major command in the Air Force. AETC’s training mission makes it the first command to touch the lives of nearly every Air Force member.

Recruit, train and educate Exceptional Airmen. 

The First Command: Developing Airmen of character--the foundation of a lethal force.

Personnel and Resources 
More than 29,000 active-duty members, 6,000 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel, and 14,000 civilian personnel make up AETC. The command also has more than 9,000 contractors assigned. AETC flies approximately 1,400 aircraft.

AETC includes Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and the Air University. The command operates 12 major installations and supports tenant units on numerous bases across the globe. There are also 16 active-duty and seven Reserve wings. 

AETC Units

  • 2nd Air Force

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    Headquartered at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, 2nd AF is the numbered air force responsible for conducting basic military and nonflying technical training for Air Force.


    Go to 2nd AF's Website

  • 19th Air Force

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    Nineteenth Air Force, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph, 19th AF is responsible for flying training execution, mentoring, safety, advocacy for subordinate units and security of operating environments.


    Go to 19th AF's page

  • Air Force Recruiting Service

    Headquartered at JBSA-Randolph, Texas, AFRS comprises three regional groups and 27 squadrons with more than 1,200 recruiters assigned throughout the United States, England, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico and Guam.

    Go to AFRS's page

  • Air University

    Headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, AU provides the full spectrum of Air Force education, from precommissioning to the highest levels of professional military education, including degree-granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted members, and civilians throughout their careers.

    Go to AU's page

  • All AETC Units

    AETC includes more than 60,000 active duty, Air National Guard and reserve members, civilians and contractors who deliver training programs tailored to meet the strategic needs of today’s Air Force.

    Go to the AETC's units page

AETC Visual Media

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DVIDS is a free visual media distribution site which provides a connection between the media and American military media content. The free subscription provides access to military photos, videos, holiday greetings, articles and newswire alerts.





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AETC News Releases

  • Female aviators at Laughlin bond through mentorship group

    As of 2020, the Air Force pilot careerfield is made up of approximately 93.5 percent men and only 6.5 percent women, according to the Air Force Personnel Center. With the encouragement of Lt. Col. Libby Music, 47th Student Squadron director of operations, Capt. Melany Delgado, 47th Student Squadron I-flight class commander and instructor pilot, took the initiative to address the gender disparity and revitalized Laughlin’s Female Aviator Mentorship Group.
  • Airman Heritage Museum displays Women in the Air Force’s rich history

    Located in a single exhibit area of the Airman Heritage Museum at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is the Women in the Air Force gallery that invites us to remember the unique plights – and inevitable triumphs – of the first women who were afforded the opportunity to serve.
  • New HBCU Scholarships featured on Around the Air Force

    Today’s look Around the Air Force features Jolly Green II aircraft refueling capabilities, new scholarships afforded to students attending historically black colleges and universities and how the Air Force moves towards gear inclusivity. (Hosted by Staff Sgt. Sara Voigt)
  • Second to None: Building the Airmen We Need for America’s Air Force

    From basic to technical training and beyond, Second Air Force is responsible for taking the best civilians our country has to offer and transforming them into exceptional Airmen of character.

Major AETC Initiatives

  • Pilot Training Next

    Pilot Training Next is a program to explore and potentially prototype a training environment that integrates various technologies to produce pilots in an accelerated- and learning-focused manner.

    Go to our PTN page.

  • Force Development

    Force Development is a deliberate process of preparing Airmen through the Continuum of Learning with the required competencies to meet the challenges of warfighting in the 21st Century.

    Learn more about Force Development

  • AETC Innovation

    Innovation is the cornerstone of the way AETC does business and key to sustaining a competitive advantage. Creative approaches, innovation, resources and execution at the speed of relevance are required to sharpen our competitive edge.

    To learn more on to discover, learn and cultivate AETC's innovation culture, visit our AETC Innovation Community web page, as well as the AETC Innovation web page


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